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Exercising Discretion when Sharing Information on Social Media Sites

It is more important than ever to be vigilant about the information you share on social media sites (e.g. Facebook). Social media users' activity-online and offline-is now much easier to track as a result of the integration between social media sites and third party applications or websites. For example, if you allow Facebook to show that you have "checked in" at a location or authorize a website to share the fact that you have visited the site, you create a trail that could be used against you. In addition, devices and applications, once enabled, can automatically track and share your activity without any action on your part. Deleting posts after the fact will not completely erase the trail you leave; and deleting posts may create legal problems for you in certain situations. The best way to protect yourself is to carefully consider what you are posting before you post, and if in doubt, don't post.

New Policy Statements Prohibit Discrimination Based on Gender Identity and Pregnancy

The U.S. Department of Labor issued a policy statement that adds gender identity and pregnancy status to the list of protected categories in its equal employment opportunity policy. In addition to other classes that were already protected, the updated agency policy now prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity or pregnancy when making hiring decisions, handing out promotions and making disciplinary determinations. To view the full press release, go to: http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/oasam/OASAM20110618.htm

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U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Might Seal Fate for Consumer Class Action Lawsuits

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling may effectively kill class action lawsuits by consumers. The decision in AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion allows companies selling products or services to force consumers to arbitrate their claims individually instead of joining a class action. Mandatory arbitration clauses are now routine when consumers buy products or services. Customers aren't given a choice. Most of the time, they aren't even aware there is an arbitration clause. Class actions made it possible for consumers with claims that didn't involve a lot of money to join a class action to get help in court. Fighting consumer claims individually usually isn't worth the time and cost, and class actions also informed other consumers of dangers, misconduct or illegal practices. The decision is a huge victory for companies at the expense of consumers. Congress must be urged to pass legislation to correct this Supreme Court decision. More information can be found at: http://classactionlawsuitsinthenews.com/class-action-law/att-mobility-llc-v-concepcion-supreme-court-decides-the-fate-of-class-action-lawsuits/

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